The Flexible Imagination

The Flexible Imagination : At Work in the Transnational Corporate Offices of Jakarta, Indonesia

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The Flexible Imagination: At Work in the Transnational Corporate Offices of Jakarta, is a behind-the-scenes ethnography examining the social interactions between employees from different cultural and national backgrounds who work together for several notorious Fortune 500 corporations out of Southeast Asia. It describes how people cope with unfamiliar surroundings and the mundane-ness of office work through a select use of historical, cultural, and economic imaginaries.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 140 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739181149
  • 9780739181140

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Leggett's The Flexible Imagination is a seminal piece-a must-read for anyone working in a transnational corporate setting and for any student studying international business. This work illustrates how corporate workers must be aware of the global, social, and cultural environments in which they work; more importantly, Leggett demonstrates how rapidly these environments can change and affect how one does business. -- Richard Robbins, State University of New York at Plattsburgh William Leggett's The Flexible Imagination is an engaging, absorbing, and intellectually stimulating examination of the imaginations which are emerging from the transnational relations of the global economy. Carefully researched through ethnography conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia, this is a wonderfully told story of the spatialised micro-politics of the transnational office. Here an interesting set of characters work to animate the ways in which diverse imaginations manage transnational encounters within the global economy-providing a much needed anthropology of cross-cultural corporate life. -- Pauline Leonard, University of Southampton This is a fascinating and original book in which Leggett illuminates the dynamics of cultural encounters in the transnational corporate office, thereby transforming our understanding of emerging identities in the new spaces of the global economy and the ongoing importance of the colonial past. -- Katie Walsh, University of Sussex
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About William Leggett

William H. Leggett is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University. He has published extensively on the interesting cultural encounters that take place in the transnational corporate offices of Southeast Asia.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments Foreword Introduction: The Flexible Imagination 1: Locating the Anthropologist 2: The Colonial Imagination 3: Drama and the Colonial Imagination 4: Terror and the Colonial Imagination 5: Institutionalizing the Colonial Imagination 6: The Work of Culture 7: The Flexible Imagination Conclusion References About the Author
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